Sen. Blumenthal (opinion): Future of people of CT hangs in balance at Supreme Court

Sen. Blumenthal (opinion): Future of people of CT hangs in balance at Supreme Court

I stood in front of our state Capitol in Hartford Monday with brave Connecticut residents whose real-life stories I brought into the Judiciary Committee hearing room. As I questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they were present, through gripping poster images, giving a powerful face and voice to the real lives that this nominee could harm — and showing exactly why we are fighting so hard. Among them were courageous 10-year-old Conner Curran from Ridgefield who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a horribly debilitating disease with hugely expensive treatment. So was Julia Lanzano from Cheshire, who got insurance and brain tumor treatment only because of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Both have vital care today largely because of ACA provisions that Judge Barrett would likely decimate. Since the ACA was enacted a decade ago, it has not only ensured lifesaving care for people with preexisting conditions such as Conner and Julia, but also allowed children to stay on their parents’ health plans until 26, prevented overcharging of women for insurance, made drugs available at lower costs, and expanded Medicaid coverage. Republicans have repeatedly — indeed dozens of times — voted in Congress to strike down this historic law. Now as the Supreme Court hears their latest challenge to the ACA, only a week after Election Day, Republicans are rushing to confirm a nominee who has passed President Trump’s “strong test”: she must strike down the ACA and overturn Roe v. Wade. Make no mistake: Judge Barrett has been carefully […]

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